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Brexit: Understanding the Irish Border Problem

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The border between Northern Ireland and its neighbour to the south has emerged as the biggest challenge facing negotiators in the early phases of the Brexit talks. The issues range from the threat of a return to terrorism and a growth of people smuggling to the cost of producing Ireland’s favourite tipple, Guiness. Brexit appears to have “exacerbated cross-community divisions” in…

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Brexit: Feel a Car Crash Coming?

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Well, that didn’t start too well! The first four days of serious Brexit talks have ended with the EU’s top negotiators complaining that the British side was not fully prepared, and the signs were there at the very beginning. David Davis, the head of the UK team as Theresa May’s Brexit Secretary, spent less than an hour on Monday at…

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Brexit: Boris Fails to Reassure EU or Expats

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Surprise, surprise. Boris Johnson and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier are totally at odds over whether the British Government’s offer of a new “settled status” for EU citizens living in the UK is enough to reassure millions of EU and British expats. The Foreign Secretary insists that the Tory Government proposal is a “very fair, serious offer” but after the…

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Brexit: Listen To Jeremy Corbyn, Says EU

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Jeremy Corbyn should be made a member of the British Government’s Brexit negotiating team, according to a top EU official. Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, said Prime Minister Theresa May’s disappointing result in the general election was a “rejection” of her hard Brexit plan and other party leaders should be listened to as negotiations with the EU get underway. Without mentioning the…

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NHS: No End to Local Authority Cuts

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Local authorities are facing big cuts in their 2017-18 health budgets with the biggest hits lined up for services relating to sexual health, young children, quitting smoking and drug misuse, according to the healthcare improvement charity The King’s Fund. That is despite the fact that funding appears to have increased by 26% since 2013. Data from the Department of Communities…

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Brexit: PM’s Offers to EU Citizens Don’t Cut It

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The tussle over the rights of EU citizens in the UK is threatening to flare up and derail Brexit negotiations, with European Parliament leaders preparing to vote on demands that would dramatically reduce the British Government’s Brexit options. Four political groupings representing 77% of Members of the European Parliament are drafting a parliamentary resolution for September which will warn that…

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